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Genesis 30 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Rachel, because she had no children, was full of envy of her sister; and she said to Jacob, If you do not give me children I will not go on living. 1 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I'll die!"
2 But Jacob was angry with Rachel, and said, Am I in the place of God, who has kept your body from having fruit? 2 Jacob became angry with her and said, "Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?"
3 Then she said, Here is my servant Bilhah, go in to her, so that she may have a child on my knees, and I may have a family by her. 3 Then she said, "Here is Bilhah, my maidservant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I too can build a family."
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,
5 And Bilhah became with child, and gave birth to a son. 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son.
6 Then Rachel said, God has been my judge, and has given ear to my voice, and has given me a son; so he was named Dan. 6 Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son." Because of this she named him Dan.
7 And again Bilhah, Rachel's servant, was with child, and gave birth to a second son. 7 Rachel's servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said, I have had a great fight with my sister, and I have overcome her: and she gave the child the name Naphtali. 8 Then Rachel said, "I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won." So she named him Naphtali.
9 When it was clear to Leah that she would have no more children for a time, she gave Zilpah, her servant, to Jacob as a wife. 9 When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
10 And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a son. 10 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, It has gone well for me: and she gave him the name Gad. 11 Then Leah said, "What good fortune!" So she named him Gad.
12 And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a second son. 12 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, Happy am I! and all women will give witness to my joy: and she gave him the name Asher. 13 Then Leah said, "How happy I am! The women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.
14 Now at the time of the grain-cutting, Reuben saw some love-fruits in the field, and took them to his mother Leah. And Rachel said to her, Let me have some of your son's love-fruits. 14 During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes."
15 But Leah said to her, Is it a small thing that you have taken my husband from me? and now would you take my son's love-fruits? Then Rachel said, You may have him tonight in exchange for your son's love-fruits. 15 But she said to her, "Wasn't it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son's mandrakes too?" "Very well," Rachel said, "he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes."
16 In the evening, when Jacob came in from the field, Leah went out to him and said, Tonight you are to come to me, for I have given my son's love-fruits as a price for you. And he went in to her that night. 16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. "You must sleep with me," she said. "I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." So he slept with her that night.
17 And God gave ear to her and she became with child, and gave Jacob a fifth son. 17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 Then Leah said, God has made payment to me for giving my servant-girl to my husband: so she gave her son the name Issachar. 18 Then Leah said, "God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband." So she named him Issachar.
19 And again Leah became with child, and she gave Jacob a sixth son. 19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
20 And she said, God has given me a good bride-price; now at last will I have my husband living with me, for I have given him six sons: and she gave him the name Zebulun. 20 Then Leah said, "God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun.
21 After that she had a daughter, to whom she gave the name Dinah. 21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
22 Then God gave thought to Rachel, and hearing her prayer he made her fertile. 22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.
23 And she was with child, and gave birth to a son: and she said, God has taken away my shame. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, "God has taken away my disgrace."
24 And she gave him the name Joseph, saying, May the Lord give me another son. 24 She named him Joseph, and said, "May the LORD add to me another son."
25 Now after the birth of Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, Let me go away to my place and my country. 25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have been your servant, and let me go: for you have knowledge of all the work I have done for you. 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I've done for you."
27 And Laban said, If you will let me say so, do not go away; for I have seen by the signs that the Lord has been good to me because of you. 27 But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you."
28 Say then what your payment is to be and I will give it. 28 He added, "Name your wages, and I will pay them."
29 Then Jacob said, You have seen what I have done for you, and how your cattle have done well under my care. 29 Jacob said to him, "You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care.
30 For before I came you had little, and it has been greatly increased; and the Lord has given you a blessing in everything I have done; but when am I to do something for my family? 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?"
31 And Laban said, What am I to give you? And Jacob said, Do not give me anything; but I will again take up the care of your flock if you will only do this for me: 31 "What shall I give you?" he asked. "Don't give me anything," Jacob replied. "But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them:
32 Let me go through all your flock today, taking out from among them all the sheep which are marked or coloured or black, and all the marked or coloured goats: these will be my payment. 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages.
33 And so you will be able to put my honour to the test in time to come; if you see among my flocks any goats which are not marked or coloured, or any sheep which is not black, you may take me for a thief. 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen."
34 And Laban said, Let it be as you say. 34 "Agreed," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said."
35 So that day he took all the he-goats which were banded or coloured, and all the she-goats which were marked or coloured or had white marks, and all the black sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons; 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons.
36 And sent them three days' journey away: and Jacob took care of the rest of Laban's flock. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban's flocks.
37 Then Jacob took young branches of trees, cutting off the skin so that the white wood was seen in bands. 37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.
38 And he put the banded sticks in the drinking-places where the flock came to get water; and they became with young when they came to the water. 38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink,
39 And because of this, the flock gave birth to young which were marked with bands of colour. 39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.
40 These lambs Jacob kept separate; and he put his flock in a place by themselves and not with Laban's flock. 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban's animals.
41 And whenever the stronger ones of the flock became with young, Jacob put the sticks in front of them in the drinking-places, so that they might become with young when they saw the sticks. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches,
42 But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put the sticks before them; so that the feebler flocks were Laban's and the stronger were Jacob's. 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.
43 So Jacob's wealth was greatly increased; he had great flocks and women-servants and men-servants and camels and asses. 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and donkeys.